T, Th 3:15-4:45     Building 320, Room 107

Offered: Spring Quarter 2015

An exploration of the theory and practice of civil societies in a comparative context. Civil societies are growing dramatically in size and influence around the globe, but their relationship to democracy remains an unanswered question. Is civil society necessary for democracy, or is it a limiting factor of private privilege in tension with democratic development? The class will employ a comparative approach to examine eight civil societies and their relationship to democratic development in their respective nations.

Prerequisite: A course in political theory, civil society, or philanthropy

Fulfills the WAYS ER (Ethical Reasoning) course requirement